Belgium’s first female prime minister is Jewish

– Passation de pouvoir entre Charles Michel et Sophie Wilmes, nouvelle premier ministre
– Machtsoverdracht tussen Charles Michel en Sophie Wilmes nieuwe eerste minister

27/10/2019
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 (JTA) Sophie Wilmes is the first woman and the first Jewish person to become the prime minister of Belgium.

Wilmes, a mother of four from the Brussels region, replaced Charles Michel on Sunday in the top post. The centrist politician will head a caretaker government during negotiations on the formation of a coalition, which in Belgium has been known to take months.

Michel’s Cabinet collapsed last year, and Wilmes replaced him when he left for a European Union position. Both are members of the center-left MR party.

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